Hobby Bench Stores opened the first store in Phoenix, Arizona in May, 1976. Founder and owners, Lee & Betty Piester are well-known in the hobby industry since the early 1960's. Lee was one of the early pioneers in the model rocket industry. A college business project led Lee to the creation of a full blown manufacturing plant specializing in the manufacture of model rocket kits and rocket motors. Centuri Engineering shook up the model rocket industry with its innovative scale designs and quality construction. They were most well known for manufacturing a variety of rocket kits which became a staple for most young people who have now passed this fun, educational hobby onto their children and grandchildren. Millions of people, young and old alike have been fascinated with this hobby for over 50 years and continue to enjoy it today. We hear stories all the time about people who enjoyed rockets as a child, who now share that hobby with their children.
After visiting hundreds of hobby stores representing Centuri Engineering over the years, the Piesters had a vision of opening the best hobby store around. They did just that. In 1976, the first Hobby Bench was opened at 19th Avenue and Northern in Phoenix, AZ. Their children began working in the stores at a young age and their two daughters still work there today. Hobby Bench has since become known for the well-stocked, wide variety of hobbies, crafts, toys & more. From ages 9 to 99, there is something for everyone at Hobby Bench. To this day, Lee & Betty still run the business with the help of their three children, Rick, Cindy & Shari.
Hobby Bench Stores is staffed with helpful and courteous hobby and craft team, who have extensive experience with radio control, model building, rocketry, model railroading, science, toys, games, puzzles, art supplies, craft supplies, educational kits, collectible dolls and much, much more.
There is something for everyone at Hobby Bench. Thank you for visiting our website. We appreciate your business, and look forward to serving all of your future hobby and craft needs. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff will gladly answer any questions you may have.
2 Locations to Serve You
19th Avenue & Northern (NW corner)
Phoenix, AZ 85021
43rd Avenue & Bell (NE corner)
Glendale, AZ 85308
Thank you for your support for over almost 44 years!!